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for fitting us in. >>> and more on the disaster in japan straight ahead on "the daily rundown" with chuck and savannah, right now. >>> overnight, japan is reeling after the largest earthquake in its recorded history. it now pushes a tsunami across its shores and reports of several hundred are killed as the water sweeps away ships, vehicles, buildings, sparking fires, devastating coastal communities, and even threatening some nuclear plants over there. meanwhile, on this side of the pacific, waves are blanketing things, it's hitting hawaii this past hour and the west coast is now bracing for an impact later this morning. we have live reports. and we're going to hear from fema director right here ondale rundo daily rundown. >> let's get to the rundown. we will start with the breaking news out of japan. a catastrophic 8.9 earthquake in japan today. the largest earthquake in japan's recorded history. the latest death poll, the ap is reporting japanese police saying 200 to 300 bodies have been found in the northeastern coastal area. the quake sent tsunami waves barreling across the pacific, co
rundown." we will see you tomorrow. >>> and the nuclear crisis in japan worsens following an explosion at a third reactor and a fire in a fourth. high levels of radiation force 140,000 people indoors. could it happen here with a powerful earthquake off the west coast said to be overdue? we will talk to the head of california's emergency management agency. >>> and then there's libya. gadhafi's forces take the last rebel-held town west of tripoli, increasing pressure on the west to intervene. monday, secretary clinton met with opposition leaders. clinton is saturday seth to land in cairo he this hour. andrea mitchell traveling with her it is tuesday, march 15th, the ides of march. savannah is on assignment. the japan crisis weighs on the world market that at the opening bell. and saudi forces have entered bahrain there is a budget vote on capitol hill there is a fight on the right over sarah palin and general david petraeus testifies on afghanistan. that's all happening today. let's get to the run down but begin with japan and the nuclear crisis there a third explosion in four days at th
. >>> overwhelmed. rescuers fight aftershocks as they dig for survivors, but the japan death toll is soaring. millions now are facing a fourth night without water, food or heat. and now a radiation alert, a second hydrogen explosion rocks the stricken nuclear plant. japanese official its screen evacuees for radiation, and the u.s. has had to move warships back. >>> meanwhile meltdown fears. a third reactor is losing its cooling capacity. officials say even under the best scenario, this isn't going to end any time soon. it's monday, march 14th, 2011. i'm chuck todd. savannah is on assignment. >>> also this morning, libya, gadhafi's troops tighten their grip renewing calls for a no-fly zone from some rebels. we'll talk to the pentagon's press secretary on the latest on that. >>> then there's politics. another short-term budget deal. 2012ers are target to act more like candidates and the sound bite now heard around the country. let's get to the rundown and we're going to start in japan and the latest on the tragedy there. the prime minister is calling it the country's worst crisis since world w
. >>> straining relations slightly. the u.s. government tells americans in japan to move back from their reactor four times further than what the japanese government is advising its own population. >>> meanwhile, in the middle east, on libyan tv just reported that gadhafi's punishing offensive has reached the outskirts of bengahzi. today the united nation votes on a no-fly zone and a broader range of options including possible air strikes. our guest this morning general wesley clark. >>> i'm chuck todd, savannah is on assignment. happy st. patrick's day. speaking out about his unwavering support of nuclear power. >>> president obama is under fire for sticking to his schedule and policies in the face of alarming world events. is he showinged amirable discipline or looking like a failure of leadership? let's get to the rundown and start in japan. we begin with the death toll from last week's earth earthquake and tsunami is now stands at 5,429. nearly 10,000 are missing. president obama last night spoke to the japanese prime minister to express his condolences and getten ean update on the nucle cr
, chuck and savannah. >>> in japan, teams head back into the crippled nuclear plant after a radiation surge forced the 50 workers out. a slow moving nightmare. >>> flash point in bahrain. at least six people dead after riot police drive out protesters. saudi troops are on the ground and now, the iranians are speaking out. >>> and a budget passes the house, but a possibility of a government shutdown actually really looms now. i know we've said it before, but we mean it this time. savannah is on assignment. let's get to the rundown. we're going to begin in japan where workers are in a desperate race to cool the six reactors before one or maore erupt into full squal meltdown. these are new images out this morning showing extensive damage to three of the four reactors. smoke poured from one while a fire burned at another. radiation levels rose so high that those 50 workers had to be pulled out. the concrete and steel surrounding two of the cores may have been breached. radiation levels south of the plant spiked at 300 times the normal level. today, officials say the level rs stable now. a
from japan's meltdown blows toward the u.s. and we are live inside the exclusion zone around chernobyl, still the site of the worst nuclear power plant. what it's like a quarter century later. >>> just moments ago libya's foreign minister said libya has decided to halt all military operations to "protect civilians" in line with the u.n. no-fly decision. they say the cease-fire will "take the country back to safety and ensure security for all libyans." we'll have much more on the u.n. decision, as well as libya's cease-fire declaration coming up this half-hour. >>> in japan, it is one week since the earthquake, then the tsunami which devastated the country's northeast. the death toll stands at 6,539. more than 10,000 people are still missing. >>> new video shows the extensive damage at the fukushima nuclear plant, multiple reactors now in danger of overheighting. one of the spent fuel pools may be even cracked. officials are considering burying the fuel rods in sand to prevent a wider catastrophe but the bigger dangerest may be at reactor three which contains plutonium. high intensity h
by the president where u.s. military participation here would end. >>> plus, a troubling turn in japan. workers are pulled from the crippled reactor complex after smoke is seen rising from two of the reactors overnight. how big a setback is this? >>> it's monday, march 21st, 2011. i'm willie geist. chuck and savannah are traveling with the president in south america. we will hear from them later this hour. >>> let's get right to the run down, we begin with operation odyssey dawn in libya. punishing air strikes drove pro-gadhafi forces further from home base last night though it is unclear where gadhafi is at this hour. rebels celebrated after u.s., british and french planes demolished libyan tanks and took out air defenses. overnight the opposition said it had regained almost 40 miles of territory. colonel gadhafi appears to have escaped harm in the attack on his administration building. he has though warned of a long war and said he'd open up the government's arsenal to arm his supporters. >>> on sunday defense secretary robert gates reiterated that the u.s. has no plans to send in ground forc
charge. in japan, set back and progress, as the crippled reactor's spent fuel rods -- officials say they can't turn on the juice just yet. it's tuesday march 22, i'm willie geist. also this morning with the first republican debate, a little over a month away, if you can believe it, finally at least one major gop candidate looks ready to run. let's get to the rundown. >>> we begin in libya where a united states f-15 fighter jet crashed today while carrying out its mission in benghazi. >> u.s. military officials tell nbc news that two crewmembers have indeed been rescued from the ground there in libya and are safely on their way to europe. the two crewmember in their f-15 eagle were on a routine mission enforcing that no fly zone east of benghazi when the fighter jet experienced mechanical difficulty. the pilots tried to save the aircraft, couldn't do it. they had to punch out. the plane crashed into the desert. when the chutes deployed, the two crewmembers were widely separated. one crewmember was rescued pretty shortly after the incident. the second somehow found his way into the ca
, radiation levels keep rising around that fukushima power plant in japan. there are new concerns today about contaminated sea water. we'll be live. >>> first, our washington speak today. ndu, which stands for national defense university. that is, of course, where president obama will deliver his libya address tonight. ndu is run by the u.s. military, locat located in southwest washington, d.c. it's a venue presidents and vice presidents have used for national suecurity speeches in the past. this will be president obama's second speech at ndu. send us an e-mail, dailyrundown@msnbc.com. ♪ sun in the sky ♪ you know how i feel i'm loving weight watchers new pointsplus program and the edge it's giving me. ♪ freedom is mine ♪ and i know how i feel i never feel deprived. you know how freeing that is? ♪ it's a new dawn, a new day i feel good. i feel good. i feel good. ♪ and i'm feeling good [ female announcer ] join by april 9th and get two weeks free. weight watchers new pointsplus. because it works. oh. ooh. happy birthday todd. it's for a cough... from allergies... [ male announcer ]
is current, presumably, because it's so recent. >>> we'll move to japan. the latest figures out of that country are devastating. nearly 28,000 people are dead or missing following that massive tsunami and earthquake. hundreds of bodies are still among the debris, but recovery has been very slow, particularly, of course, in the contaminated area around that troubled fukushima nuclear plant. let's get to nbc's lee cowan. he's live for us in tokyo. lee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. it's a pretty grim situation. the recovery of people, especially in the evacuation zone has been slowed, because, obviously, they don't want to send crews into that area, they can't send crews into that area. and even if they did, the question is, how do you -- what to do with those remains. the custom here is cremation, but some are suggesting if the bodies are contaminated with radiation, that's not an option. burying them, as well, there's also some concern that the radiation could leak into the soil itself. all of this depends on what kind of radiation, some will break down quic
? >>> japan's radiation fears. a run on water and basic supplies in tokyo and at the crippled nuclear plant, workers sent to the hospital from exposure to beta rays. >>> and washington, we have a problem. the strange case of two ssenger jets forc to lan on ei oat d.c. mor rpt when no one answered at air traffic control. we'll have the latest on the investigation, just ahead. >>> good morning, everyone. it's thursday, march 24th, 2011. i'm savannah guthrie. chuck todd will be back tomorrow. also this morning, the president getting it from the right and the left in congress on libya, as he wakes up this morning back in washington. and we will talk to the libyan ambassador to the u.s., who left the gadhafi regime live here on "the daily rundown" later this hour. >>> also, the slow start to the 2012 republican race seems to be helping one candidate -- president obama. we'll have the latest poll. >>> but let's get to the rundown. and we'll start in libya, where a more complicated and potentially more dangerous phase of the military effort has begun. coalition war planes are now attacking gadhafi
in the show. again, she is dead at the age of 79. >>> want to turn now to the latest from japan, where a spike in radiation levels in tokyo's water supply has residents there on edge. we're joined by nbc news' chief science correspondent in tokyo, robert bazell. good to see you. we know the usda has put a hold on japanese imports into the u.s. on the wake of the radiation news. what are the big concerns there? >> reporter: well, here, willie, the concern is the water supply. there's a lot of concerns, of course, but the immediate concern in tokyo is the water supply as you mentioned. you can see here it's raining. and it's been raining heavily for days now, and what that rain does is it takes whatever's being released from the plant, the crippled nuclear plant, north of here, and drives it into the ground which drives it into the ground water. what happened today was the officials at the main water purification plant here discovered that radioactive iodine levels were twice as high as they should be for infants. they are still in the range considered safe for adults, but they advised parents t
maceda in tripoli for us this morning, thanks. >>> let's move to japan. the seawater radiation near the nuclear plant has spiked to more than 3,000 times normal levels. inside the reactors, there is so much contaminated water, workers are running out of places to put it. lee cowan is live in tokyo. you hear these multipliers, 3,000 times normal. what does that mean? >> reporter: it sounds scary and it is certainly a cause for concern. they still say, despite the 3,000 number, it still poses no threat to human health. we have been hearing that a lot. the point is not so much how much it spiked but the point it spiked again. this is the highest level they have seen since the crisis started, which is an indication, chuck, obviously, that whatever is leaking is still leaking. somehow that is making its way to the ocean. you have the problem of the pools of water slowly inches up. in reactor one, they did make some progress in pumping some water out. at the other two, not so much. they have to pump the water out of those areas to get that out of the way and then they can pump the radio c
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